Scarlett Johansson to star in Stanley Kubrick’s lost ‘Lunatic at Large’

April 15th, 2010 - 5:33 pm ICT by ANI  

London, April 15 (ANI): Actress Scarlett Johansson is set to star in late filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s movie ‘Lunatic at Large’, which was believed to have been lost.

Johansson, 25, and Sam Rockwell, 41, will be starring in the movie, which is to be filmed later this year.

The film is reportedly based on a story written by Kubrick and the pulp crime fiction writer Jim Thompson, with whom he also collaborated on ‘The Killing’ and ‘Paths of Glory’.

Kubrick had scheduled to begin shooting the film in the early 1960s but shelved the project after an approach from Kirk Douglas to direct the Roman epic Spartacus, in which Douglas starred.

Lunatic is set in mid 1950s New York, and features two main characters, described in the treatment as Johnnie Shepherd, “an ex-carnival worker with serious anger-management issues”, and Joyce, “a nervous barfly he picks up in a Hopperesque tavern scene”.

The movie’s rather dark central premise is that the audience must figure out, from a range of plausible candidates, which of the movie’s characters is an axe-murderer escaped from an asylum.

Kubrick’s son-in-law, Philip Hobbs, said he unearthed the misplaced treatment in 1999 when searching through the copious notes and files left by the late filmmaker.

“I knew what it was right away,” the Independent quoted him as telling the New York Times.

“Because I remember Stanley talking about Lunatic. He was always saying he wished he knew where it was, because it was such a great idea,” he added.

Kubrick, who died in 1999, had left behind a number of unfinished projects including films about Napoleon and the Holocaust.

Production Weekly magazine reported that the director for the film has not yet been confirmed. (ANI)

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